UN rights expert condemns attacks on IDPs

Boko Haram displaced persons

Boko Haram displaced persons

By  OKORO CHINEDU

LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations human rights expert, Chaloka Beyani, has condemned the recent attack against a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yola.

Seven people were killed at the camp housing some 32 000 refugees in the Adamawa Sate.

At least 14 others were injured during the attack blamed on the Boko Haram sect.

“IDPs are amongst the most vulnerable persons and according to international human rights and humanitarian law they must be protected against any direct and indiscriminate attacks or other acts of violence against them or their camps or settlements,” Beyani, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights, said.

The expert also expressed his concern about recent attacks against IDP returnees in the State of Taraba.

More than 2,1 million persons have been forced to flee their homes in north eastern Nigeria since the intensification of Boko Haram’s violent insurgency and the declaration of the state of emergency in May 2013.

Beyani noted that food insecurity had been worsening combined with the lack of education, safe drinking water and health services.

He thus called for an increase in humanitarian assistance to IDPs and communities hosting them in Northern Nigeria.

“Humanitarian organisations are doing the best they can under very difficult circumstances, but funding shortfalls and insecurity are preventing organizations to reach all those in need.”

 

 

 

 

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